Nameless North Dakota
North Dakota took on Colorado College on Friday night for the first time without being known as the Fighting Sioux in decades.
After being a staple mark for the University of North Dakota and its athletic programs since 1930, UND retired the Fighting Sioux in June after the team name and Indian head logo had created lawsuits and potential NCAA sanctions.
The nickname and logo had been a highly debated topic in North Dakota for the last couple of years before last spring’s statewide vote (Measure 4), and the state Board of Higher Education finally put the nickname issue to rest.
Due to state legislation, UND’s varsity athletics teams will operate without an official nickname until 2015 when the university will undertake the process of adopting the third official nickname in school history. North Dakota was previously known as the “Flickertails” before the Fighting Sioux.
Winkler having career year
Senior center Scott Winkler entered Friday’s game with a team-high eight goals, the most of his four-year Colorado College career. After dealing with a series of injuries, primarily to his hand, over the course of his first three years Winkler has rebounded during his final season better than ever, ranking third on the Tigers with 14 points. The Asker, Norway, native and 2008 Dallas Stars draft pick is a fixture on both of the Tiger’s power play (3 goals) and penalty kill units.
Battle of the best
CC’s Rylan Schwartz (46 goals, 77 assists, 123 points) and UND’s Danny Kristo (47-76-123) entered Friday night’s contest tied atop the NCAA active Division I scoring leader board with 123 points apiece. … Schwartz entered this weekend’s series with eight of the Tigers' last 12 goals in the last three games between these two WCHA foes.
Dineen named player of the month in Finland
Former Colorado College captain Nick Dineen was recently named the player of the month for November in the Mestis League in Finland. Dineen currently leads KooKoo with 19 points (9 goals) in 26 games after registering 34 goals and 33 assists in 140 games for CC from 2008-12.